Virgin Racing launch the VR-01

Well, it took long enough to get to see the thing – the planned online launch didn’t happen, and even after the unveiling, pictures have (at the time of writing) yet to appear on the team’s site, leading to the suggestion that they may have lost their FTP password! – so you can insert your own jokes about the timeliness of Virgin Trains here, but we’ve finally been granted a look at the VR-01, and it’s a beaut:

Adorning a chassis that’s quite conservative by (so-far) 2010 standards, it’s nevertheless a lovely-looking livery. The engine cover layout calls to mind the ill-fated Midland team, with the side of the nose reminiscent of a mid-2000s Minardi; and the combination of red and black is basically exactly what you’d have expected from the team from day one.

But nevertheless, it’s all come out rather classy-looking. Not sure what that grey pattern at the rear (also in red on the uniform legs) is all about, mind; but it’s also nice to see a new car that’s actually got a fair few sponsors on it (although it seems strange that a brand new team, even with Branson behind them, can attract sponsors where the likes of Renault and Sauber can’t).

Still not entirely convinced about the team’s ability to compete this season – but the car’s there, it looks good, and it’s got a number 24 on it (which is pleasing for those of us looking forward to there being more than ten teams on the grid!) Top stuff.

Just sort your website out next time, boys!



    February 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    In regards to the pattern you mention, I’m not 100% sure, but I think it links back to some sort of floral design associated with Manor, possibly a manor flower or something like that.

    Someone else probably knows more about it than me though.


    February 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I think Ed is right, it’s the Lancashire rose or something like that. Pehaps it’s just a temporary thing until they get some more sponsors.

    I give this livery the thumbs up! Ok, so they’ve copied from the ’06 Midland a bit, but I liked that car so that’s not really a problem. Plus, while many small teams create liveries with a mish mash of naff sponsors and contrasting colours, Virgin have kept the livery nice and tidy, and it looks very classy as a result.


    February 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Yes, I just saw someone mention on Twitter that it is the Yorkshire rose.


    February 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    At least they used black instead of grey, which makes this livery look at least 50% more interesting than the Midland. I’m not a big fan of the pattern on the sides of the nose, but other than that, I think it looks terrific, especially compared to some of the other liveries, and I like the Yorkshire rose pattern very much.


    February 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I think the Yorkshire rose is actually being included on front wing centre struts, rather than this pattern on the rest of the car. It’s almost an easter egg image. Anyway, you can’t see it in these launch photos.


    February 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    You might want to add Stefan GP to the list of upcoming launches Seb. They have a test scheduled for February 25th. I just can’t believe that Stefan GP looks as though it’s actually going to materialise, a couple of months ago it seemed like a big joke.

    Anyway, I hope they are more imaginative with their livery than their current logo, which has to be the most unimaginative logo ever created:


    February 8, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Like this livery. Sexy Virgin.

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